Now my car won’t start. My engine light came on after I did a gas treatment on my 1995 Toyota Corolla DX station wagon. It had been starting up and running great, but I figured I should get it checked out. I just recently acquired the car from a friend, who had let it sit around since last July, so I knew the car could use some TLC. I talked to a friend who works on cars and he said that the gas treatment can gum things up for the spark plugs and cause the engine light to go on. He offered to show me how to do a tune up, and told me exactly what to buy: new spark plugs, a set of new spark plug wires, a distributor cap and ignition rotor, and a pcv valve. I went out and got everything and the other day he came over to walk me through the process, explaining step by step (he did everything, I just watched). Just to see what kind of power my engine was getting, after he took out the old spark plugs he did a compression test on each cylinder. The car did great, has plenty of power with compression readings of 210, 215, 210, and 210. Then he carefully replaced the spark plugs with di-eletric goop to seal them and his special wrench for the right torque, removed and replaced the distributor cap and rotor, and double checked the correct order of the new spark plugs. And… Nothin. (x 4)
The car wouldn’t start and he retraced his steps 4 times(!!) The first couple of rounds of removing and replacing things he noticed the spark plugs were wet with fuel and sprayed something on them to clean them off. He couldn’t figure out what was preventing the spark, and when the cleaning them off didn’t work he wondered if there was a little spring or something that might have fallen out of the ignition rotor’s chamber, but we couldn’t find one. He made sure the spark plug wires were all correctly ordered and untangled, and… Nothin. This has never happened to him, and he was stumped. He even replaced all the old stuff (including the old spark plugs) and it still wouldn’t start. He works at Boeing on some crazy schedule and won’t have time to come by to figure this out until the end of the month. Help!